Volunteering Keeps the Wheels of Change in Motion

Today is International Volunteer Day – declared by the United Nations to thank the many volunteers for their efforts and to increase public awareness on their contribution to society. November 29th also marked the first #GivingTuesday in the US.  This national day of giving marks the start of the annual holiday season, and celebrates and encourages charitable activities supporting non-profit organizations. I can’t think of a better time of year than at the brink of the holidays for these celebrations to occur and bring to light the need in our world . While many of us focus on our own wants that fuel typical mass consumption, it really is a time when all of us can be inspired to help the many others who need it.

Giving back doesn’t mean giving money, however. Volunteering your time and resources can make just as big an impact! Yet with 278 million people across North America, only 12.5 million Canadians actually donate their time and only 62.5 million Americans, according to Volunteer Canada and Volunteering in America. These are sobering stats given that on any given day, there are hundreds of thousands of charities and not-for-profit organizations that are in dire need of the support. [Read more…]

Volunteer Days: Corporate Marketing flexes their non-creative muscles

Softchoice’s Corporate Marketing team is known for such things as organizing great events, coordinating sales training programs and designing spectacular campaigns…but little did you know about the team’s ability to move a whole lotta heavy stuff!

Last Friday, October 14th the entire team took one of our volunteer days off together and spent it at a Habitat for Humanity build in the east end of Toronto. After consuming a large amount of coffee to ease the early morning chilly start, we were suited up in hard hats and steel-toe boots and put to work.

With dreams of being assigned the “cool” tasks such as  framing, drilling or sawing we soon realized our task may not be as glamorous as we had hoped. With our Habitat Team Leader’s message of “every job is important” as our inspiration, we set off on our job for the day – moving a LOT of stuff. A huge area needed to be cleared of supplies to make room for digging the foundation of the next house. Piles and piles of wood, scaffolding, pipes and metal had to be moved from one end of the site to another. Others may have been disheartened by the somewhat boring task, but not us! Before we knew it an assembly line was formed, songs were being sung, nicknames were being allocated and everyone was laughing and having a great time. The best part – we totally impressed the Team Leader by finishing in record-time and having the best stacked piles of wood he’s ever seen. We actually may have created a new Six Sigma process for wood moving and stacking!

We ended off the day by signing our names on the frame and then heading out to share some cold beverages together. Overall, it was an incredible day of team-building (even though we didn’t get to participate in any “real” building) and most importantly – we did our part to help 8 families in our community have a new home to call their own.

 

Project Connect: Finding our Corporate Giving Sweet Spot

 

It used to be about getting out there and swinging a hammer. Perhaps a bit of painting or cleaning up the job site, a few moments to compare calluses with your co-workers and then heading home knowing you’ve done a good turn. Volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity build was (and still is) a nice way to spend the day.  But in many respects even a hundred such builds don’t come close to equaling the kind of difference we could really be making as a company.

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HAITI UPDATE: OVER $70,000 RAISED!!!

Immediately after the earthquake that shook Haiti and it’s people to the core earlier this year, the Softchoice Cares board launched a plan to support the relief effort for Haiti. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all employees for their passion and commitment to support this great cause. Without your help, we would not have raised over $70,000!!

We raised these funds via:

  1. Voluntary employee payroll deductions;
  2. A $15,000 contribution from Softhchoice Cares board; and
  3. Other initiatives such as Click2Care & employee-driven events

For all orders on Softchoice.com, Softchoice has been donating $1 towards Softchoice Cares. As a result, we raised $12,407 during Q1 that goes towards Haiti.